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Local News

  • Ready for the future

    In a move designed to position the company for the future, South Central FS recently completed construction of a $5-million plant near Vandalia’s western I-70 interchange.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 24, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on July 29 for failure to appear in court on a charge of distribution of a misbranded drug. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joshua D. Crawford, 36, Pocahontas, was arrested on July 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Ramsey shooting, Pana standoff may have a link

    Authorities investigating a standoff in the Pana area that ended with a Pana man being fatally shot and a police officer wounded are studying a link to a prior shooting incident in Fayette County.
    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a home southeast of Pana at about 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of “a man with a gun,” according to the Illinois State Police.

  • Statehouse visitors

    For many years, tourism has been the second-largest industry in Illinois, and on Tuesday, a state tourism official said that Fayette County is seeing great benefit from that industry.

  • Lincoln group coming back in '15

    Known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career, Vandalia is gearing up – for the second time in a decade – to host numerous people who portray this country’s 16th president.
    Through the work of Lewis “Abe” Clymer, who portrays Lincoln at area events, Vandalia has again landed the annual convention of The Association of Lincoln Presenters.
    And while that convention is about nine months away, a local group is already busy planning the four-day event in April.

  • Brownstown street oiling is this Friday

    The village of Brownstown will be oiling streets this Friday.

    Residents are asked not to park their vehicles on the street that day.

  • Tools for School dates set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for in-need students from Fayette County, kindergarten-junior college, will be in operation on the following dates, at the following times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 14  – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 15 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 16 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Enter through the north door at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Carson's Lemonade Raid is Saturday

    Carson's Lemonade Raid will be held from 10 a.m.-noon this Saturday at County Market on Veterans Avenue.
    Carson LaDage, son of former Vandalia resident Todd LaDage and grandson of Vandalia residents Bill and Sharon LaDage, will again be on hand for the fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations are being accepted for lemonade given out on Saturday.
    The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run comes through Vandalia on Kennedy Boulevard sometime between 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1.
     

  • Friday accident closes section of I-70

    Three people were injured in a four-vehicle accident last Friday afternoon that caused the closure of a section of Interstate 70 near Vandalia for more than an hour.